ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

We start today with reviewing new Z87 chipset motherboards, which we will surely see a lot of, with ASUS' new Z87-A motherboard. Before we even got the box open we had to stop for a second and enjoy the simplicity of the name. But don't let the name fool you. There is plenty going on here to keep your enthusiast attention.

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Gaming Benchmarks

As always, these benchmarks in no way represent real-world gameplay. They are all run at very low resolutions to try our best to remove the video card as a bottleneck. I will not hesitate to say that anyone spouting these types of framerate measurements as a true measuring tool in today’s climate is not servicing your needs or telling you the real truth.

The gaming tests below have been put together to focus on the processor power exhibited by each system. All the tests below consist of custom time demos built with stressing the CPU in mind. So much specialized coding comes into the programming now days we suggest that looking at gaming performance by using real-world gameplay is the only sure way to know what you are going to get with a specific game. Our CPUs & Real-World Gameplay Scaling would be a great place to start.

With the new Haswell architecture and the new Z87 chipset we have updated out testing suite. As such, we do not have the usual depth in our motherboard testing comparisons. Being this is the first Z87 motherboard we have fully reviewed, we are using our Haswell IPC and Overclocking data and graphs that will compare against the previous two generations of Intel architecture. We will update this soon.


Metro Last Light

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The ASUS Z87-A does very well here matching the Sabertooth X79 system.

BioShock Infinite

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The ASUS Z87-A knocks it out of the park on this one.

Heaven Benchmark

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Another nice showing for the ASUS Z87-A.

Lost Planet

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An old benchmark for sure but it still works well as it handles multiple threads better than most games do. We see excellent performance from the ASUS Z87-A here in this test. A definite improvement over Ivy Bridge.